Autonomous Flying Taxis – First Drone Test in Israel

Israel’s government-led and one-of-a-kind initiative to ease traffic congestion (also known as the Israel National Drone Initiative (“INDI”)) had 11 drone operating and delivery companies involved in tests and experimental flights at the beginning of June 2023. The influence this initiative will have on regulations and laws in this space is one to watch for.…

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Apple’s Vision Pro Mixed Reality Headset Unveiled

Exciting news for those with an interest in the metaverse as Apple finally introduced its highly anticipated mixed reality headset, the Vision Pro, at its Worldwide Developers Conference. CEO Tim Cook expressed his belief in the profound potential of augmented reality, as he unveiled this futuristic device that resembles ski goggles and combines virtual reality…

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Tired of Cookie Banners? The EU “Cookie Pledge” against Cookie fatigue

Background On 28 March 2023, the European Commissioner Didier Reynders announced the launch of the Cookie Pledge to encourage solutions from companies to address cookie fatigue and empower consumers to make effective choices regarding tracking-based advertising models. This has opened the floor to the discussion of potential avenues through which pop-ups on websites can be…

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AI – Cybersecurity and Standardisation – The EU Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) Report

As artificial intelligence (“AI”) continues to evolve, the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (“ENISA”) has recently published an overview report on AI cybersecurity and standards. ENISA states that: “The overall objective of the present document is to provide an overview of standards (existing, being drafted, under consideration and planned) related to the cybersecurity of artificial…

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Overview of the UAS Ofcom Drone Licence

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”), more commonly referred to as drones, are aerial vehicles that do not carry a human operator, but instead are remotely piloted. Most drones today currently use a spectrum designated for Wi-Fi or model aircraft, which do not require a Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 (“WTA”) licence. However, as technology progresses rapidly, this…

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French watchdog directs Meta to change its “discriminatory” ad verification criteria

On May 4th 2023, the French competition watchdog, l’Autorité  de la concurrence, issued interim measures against Meta for discrimination in its ad verification criteria. The provisional decision followed an October 2022 complaint from Adloox, a company which provides ad verification services. The initial outlined abusive conditions for accessing Meta’s “viewability” and “brand safety” partnerships, which…

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